Bears continue remodeling by waiving Brock Vereen

AP

The Bears traded away two linebackers on Monday and the defensive changes kept coming on Tuesday.

The team announced that safety Brock Vereen has been waived from the 53-man roster. Vereen was a fourth-round pick last year and is the first member of the draft class to be dropped from the roster, although he’s not the first player drafted by former General Manager Phil Emery to lose his spot on the team this year. Linebacker Jon Bostic was traded to the Patriots and the Bears waived linebacker Khaseem Greene and tackle Jordan Mills as well.

Vereen started four games as a rookie, but has only played sparingly this season. That limited time was enough for him to be on the receiving end of a big block on Tyler Lockett’s kickoff return for a touchdown and in coverage on a Jimmy Graham touchdown catch in last Sunday’s loss. Vereen had 39 tackles, an interception and a forced fumble in 19 overall appearances for Chicago.

The Bears also signed a pair of former Jaguars on Tuesday. Safety Chris Prosinski and linebacker LaRoy Reynolds have been signed to round out a defense that probably has more changes to come as the new regime tries to set the Bears on a better path.

53 responses to “Bears continue remodeling by waiving Brock Vereen

  1. So, three games into the season…did it suddenly end and we get into the offseason all of the sudden? This is bizarre for any team to do. Makes me wonder if there’s more going on than just poor play.

  2. Fox was brought in to have an experienced coach bring some level of accountability to the team. They have two potential coaches in waiting as DC/OC.

    The two guys they brought in were simply to bring some amount of talent to the incredibly inept coverage teams.

    Pace is just getting started.

  3. bucsorbust says:
    Sep 29, 2015 5:10 PM
    So, three games into the season…did it suddenly end and we get into the offseason all of the sudden? This is bizarre for any team to do. Makes me wonder if there’s more going on than just poor play.

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    perhaps because they’re 0-3 with the potential to go winless all year. the season is lost, anyone with a pair of eyes can tell that.

    It is more than poor play – they’re trying to clean up a hideous roster/salary cap that was built by the last GM who had no clue what he was doing.

  4. Vereen had a lot of promise coming out of the UofM in the draft last year. We in MN will be curious about this guy, and possibly our coach the DB whisperer can take advantage of this development.

  5. bucsorbust says:
    Sep 29, 2015 5:10 PM
    So, three games into the season…did it suddenly end and we get into the offseason all of the sudden? This is bizarre for any team to do. Makes me wonder if there’s more going on than just poor play.

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    and, as a fan of this team, I actually appreciate that the front office is trying to get draft picks out of the current roster they have, and acting with urgency, instead of just sitting on their hands and hoping everything works out in the off season.

    no better time than now to fix the problems, and that’s precisely what they’re attempting to do. The only thing bizarre about it is that bad teams typically just stick their heads in the sand and lie to their fans. Bears aren’t doing that.

  6. When you give away a big-name veteran guy (Jared Allen) and your predecessor’s 2nd-round draft pick (Bostic) for peanuts in trade, and cut a guy outright who was projected to start at the beginning of this season (Vereen) – all in the course of 24 hours and two days after a humiliating loss that was pretty much nationally televised – you are putting your team on notice.

    Pace and Fox would rather suck this season with young talented guys making mistakes than suck with old, always injured and/or untalented young guys just not getting it done and with no potential to improve. In the first scenario you’re building for the future, in the 2nd you’re playing out the string. I see what they are doing and as a long suffering Bears fan I’m all for it.

  7. tecmobowl34 says:
    Sep 29, 2015 5:22 PM
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    and, as a fan of this team, I actually appreciate that the front office is trying to get draft picks out of the current roster they have, and acting with urgency, instead of just sitting on their hands and hoping everything works out in the off season.

    no better time than now to fix the problems, and that’s precisely what they’re attempting to do. The only thing bizarre about it is that bad teams typically just stick their heads in the sand and lie to their fans. Bears aren’t doing that.
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    I couldn’t agree more. Good luck.

    — a Lions fan

  8. Refreshing to see this! As a long time Bears fan I believe a reboot is necessary. Pace came in, evaluated the roster, hired an experienced coaching staff, and signed a few “glue guys”, as free agents. He tried to compete, and I believe this would not be going on if they started 2-1. That being said, they gave it a go, it didn’t go, and Pace isn’t afraid to start getting rid of guys that aren’t long term, and let some other younger players gain valuable experience. All in the while of securing a top 3 draft pick status to get a dynamic playmaker to build around in his second draft. ThenCutler injury was an added bonus…because it ensures a worse record, and also lets them take a look at Fales (hopefully)!

  9. I think several things happened that got us to this point
    1) Angelo/Smith players were aging….
    2) Poor drafts by both Angelo and Emery (Although Emery has had some great picks in Alshon, Long & the 2014 draft still looks promising)
    3) Emery overpaying for everyone
    4) Emery bringing in terrible coaches
    5) Switching Defense to 3-4. It helped Shea but it sure made several DL expendable….Including Paea and Willie Young who were both really good last year
    6) Deciding to stick with Clausen…..seriously couldn’t you pick a better backup
    7) Poor play calling at the goal line during the 1st two games
    hope that helps

  10. Since they can’t trade Cutler why not do him and start developing a quarterback? Oh, that’s right. Draft and develop is the Packers style, obviously dabears would never copy the Packers. . .

  11. Eating the $11M roster bonus on Allen and shipping out 2nd rounder Bostic then waiving last year’s 4th rounder has to be viewed as a message to the locker room

  12. As a very long time Bear fan, and one who happens to live in Denver, I am all for Pace and Fox making these changes. These are good players, but just don’t fit the scheme. The staff has to be committed to the scheme or everyone on D is playing out of position.

    Plus I am more comfortable these two know how to evaluate talent rather than Emery or even Lovey.

    A fresh start is needed, because several years of some bad choices have had an effect.

    It will be a long couple of years for us fans, but I’d rather start now then let it linger so we can get it all behind us sooner.

    If we don’t see “some” improvement by the end of this season and especially next, then we can cross that bridge when we get there.

  13. Jared Allen was never a LB and not meant to be one. Bostic was a good LB in a 4-3 but not a 3-4, he couldn’t react quickly enough. Vereen…Geez…he just didn’t pan out as a pro.

    Overall the moves make sense, sends a good message to the serious players (they have to do it on their own and not worry about experience) and were probably thought out before the season began.

    Let’s face it…did ANYONE really see the Chicago Bears winning one of these first three games. Possibly being competitive yes…but winning…not really.

  14. Vereen should have been moved to CB. He was a much better fit as a slot corner than as a safety. Very athletic, quick enough to play man, just not as good in space.

    Seemed like a solid kid, and he worked hard. Not sure why it didn’t come together for him. Hope he gets another shot.

  15. I applaud the Bears for recognizing the team needs an overhaul and is pulling off the bandaid fast with hair and all rather than little at a time. Take your 3-13 lumps for the next two years and come out from the ashes in 2017 ready to do damage.

  16. Seems pretty obvious. Fox/Pace/Fangio/Gase all knew the players after the Emery/Trestman era.

    If they had dumped them all before the draft how much better or different would this team have been? How much money would they have lost by getting rid of certain players before the season started?

    These same weak players did not fare any better against the same teams last year, so why is everyone surprised we’re now 0-3 and the new leadership is shedding lightweights?

    As great as Jared Allen was, he’s clearly not the same pro player he was two years ago. Why keep him on? Or Vereen or Bostic either? They never played all that well.

    It’s rebuild time. They’re rebuilding.

  17. Obviously following the Suck for Luck model.

    So what will it be, going to hell for Cardale?

    Lose more for Trevone?

    Become a crook for Cook?

  18. @bassplucker says:
    Sep 29, 2015 5:33 PM

    When you give away a big-name veteran guy (Jared Allen) and your predecessor’s 2nd-round draft pick (Bostic) for peanuts in trade, and cut a guy outright who was projected to start at the beginning of this season (Vereen) – all in the course of 24 hours and two days after a humiliating loss that was pretty much nationally televised – you are putting your team on notice.

    Pace and Fox would rather suck this season with young talented guys making mistakes than suck with old, always injured and/or untalented young guys just not getting it done and with no potential to improve. In the first scenario you’re building for the future, in the 2nd you’re playing out the string. I see what they are doing and as a long suffering Bears fan I’m all for it.
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    Explain Jimmy Clausen STILL starting……..

  19. So .. who is the worst GM in the NFL in the last fifty years?

    1/ Phil Emery.

    2/ Matt Millen.

    3/ Jerry Jones (just kidding.)

  20. Have trust in Pace and hope for the best. These rumors of trading both Forte and Alshon doesn’t really make since though. Forte has a lot in the tank and I just don’t see any of the backups carrying their weight but I could be wrong. I think that keeping Alshon, extending him, and playing him alongside white could be dynamic. A good draft next year could take us over the hill of being more competitive. Go Bears!!!

  21. It’s hard to judge a defense when they alway on the field. The Bears offense was atrocious on Sunday and the defense is getting gutted.

  22. I would be shocked if the Bears dont put put out an effort Sunday like Bears fans haven’t seen for several years. With some luck they might even win. The heck with playing for a job next season, Pace and Fox have these guys playing for a job next week.

  23. “Explain Jimmy Clausen STILL starting……..”

    He’s not a coach, how could he explain that? Just a fan expressing some positiveness for a team that hasn’t had much to optimistic about. The Bears are making good moves, Clausen starting doesn’t make or break our season, so who cares. People have been saying “why is Cutler still your QB?” for years and we are clearly better with him.

    btw, questions end in “?” not “………..”

  24. The Bears have played the Packers, Cardinals, and Seahawks. They are the 3 top teams in the conference.

    Things are not doom and gloom for the Bears. They will fair better against lesser teams.

    You can’t say they are really bad just because they had a tough schedule.

  25. If you are a Bear fan, this is a big middle finger to you from the front office! Only 3 games in and they have already given up. Let’s tank the season for next year. Idiots! The same GM that drafted an injured wide receiver in the first round.

    Sorry, you don’t get a mulligan just because you couldn’t accomplish anything good in the off season.

  26. Cutler should be nervous, not for this year, but the Bears will be in position to draft their next franchise QB and Fox/Pace don’t care about what’s already been invested in players. If they don’t think you’re a building block, see ya later.

  27. now if you could go ahead and ship Jeffries to the Philadelphia Eagles for something like 2 second rounders. . . . . . . . thadd be grrrrrrreeaaaaaaaat

  28. “Cutler should be nervous”

    I doubt he’s nervous, unless a whole lotta money in the bank makes him nervous.

  29. Pace in my book started his bad decisions by giving Marshall away for a bag of peanuts. I won’t like him unless he gets us to superbowl. (if he is still here next year)

  30. Not a Bears fan, but they did just play 3 of the top teams in the NFL, they lost, but so would a good many of the others. To me it seems the Bears went into panic mode, but maybe they see it’s time to cut the crap and get down to business, somewhat like the Raiders were faced with when Reggie became GM. The Raiders were in far worse shape at that time, and very tough decisions had to be made, rebuilding isn’t pleasent, but when you see the fruits of that wisdom begin to ripen, it was hard, but you know your team did the right thing.
    And for Chicago Bears fans, you don’t have nearly as far to go as had the Raiders, so rebuilding should be short an sweet.

  31. I think this whole conversation about playing young guys on d is off the mark. It’s going to take a couple more losses for that to start happening. Meanwhile its going to be McClellan and Lamarr. Real change is a ways off.

  32. Not for nothing, but isn’t training camp the place to cut or trade all these guys if you didn’t like them? Three games in and now you decide to make so many changes? Welcome to the Chicago Raiders…..

  33. jimmysee says:
    Sep 29, 2015 6:50 PM
    So .. who is the worst GM in the NFL in the last fifty years?

    1/ Phil Emery.

    2/ Matt Millen.

    3/ Jerry Jones (just kidding.)

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    You can not put Emery over Matt “I can’t never have enough 1st round WR’s to go 0-16” Millen. (he may have gotten fired at 0-4…but he still built that roster and coaching staff)

    That and Emery was gone after 3 years. Millen had 8 years and was the highest paid GM.

  34. Bears are having a fire sale. I hope our GM inquires if they are making Alshon Jeffries available. I would love to pick him up for a 4th round draft pick. Also they should ask about their tight end Bennett. He would be a nice addition if we could get him for a 3rd round pick.
    If our GM asks about Cutler I would fire him immediately. The only way I would even consider Cutler is if Chicago is willing to pay off his ENTIRE contract until it ends and they are willing to accept a 7th round pick. Cutler is that freaking bad.

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